Chasing Polaris by Erica Cope and Autumn Doughton
Imogen Shaw is leaving Florida for college in Boston in 34 hours and she’s more than ready. But, she’s not ready for Seth Cavanaugh. When Seth and Imogen are thrown together for a one-night scavenger hunt, both of them will find what they are missing and will have to take a chance on each other. I liked this YA novel but it was not anything new or unique. The writing is very competent and the story, while predictable, kept my attention. I liked the scavenger hunt and the rapport between the main characters is believable and mostly natural. All in all, a fun, easy read.
This Sky by Autumn Doughton
Gemma Sayers’ life just fell apart. She and someone’s cell phone camera caught her celebrity boyfriend cheating on her and now she is broke, homeless, and unemployed. Landon Young doesn’t have time for other people’s drama. He has enough of his own, but when Gemma and Landon meet, they discover that you don’t need to have everything in life figured out and having someone to figure it out with is better than going it alone. First of all, this novel is very well-written. Autumn Doughton’s writing has a melodic cadence I found appealing. Also, the story was believable and the characters felt real. There was no unnecessary drama or emotional upheaval just for the sake of creating conflict. Ms. Doughton’s characters created their own conflict by being flawed and authentic. I enjoyed This Sky very much.